Authorities on Thursday identified a woman who died after a violent purse snatching in Garden Grove as two men face possible murder charges in the case.
Nga Ngoc Nguyen, 32, of Westminster, was dragged and run over in a shopping center by three men who were apparently under surveillance by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in connection with other robberies, police said.
Nguyen suffered traumatic injuries during the attack. She was taken to a hospital, where she underwent surgery and eventually died, according to the Garden Grove Police Department.
Police identified the three robbery suspects as Gregory Anthony Walker, 19, of Los Angeles; Giovanni Solomon Guy, 20, of Los Angeles; and Brad Maurice Brown, 19, of Hawthorne.
Walker and Guy were also booked on suspicion of murder and are being held without bail, according to Orange County inmate records. Bail for Brown, who was booked on suspicion of robbery, was at $250,000.
Nguyen was with family members in the parking lot on Brookhurst Street near Westminster Avenue about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday when the suspects got out of a vehicle and allegedly tried to take the victim’s purse.
Video from the incident showed one man chasing after Nguyen, who fell and was dragged during the struggle. After the assailant gets a hold of her purse, Nguyen tries to get it back, but the suspects get into a silver SUV that ends up running her over and dragging her at least 50 feet, the video shows.
Nguyen’s sister was parked nearby and tried to help, but the suspects got away.
The fatal robbery was witnessed by detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Burglary-Robbery Task Force, who were conducting surveillance on the suspects in connection with a series of previous strong-arm robberies, Sgt. Jennifer Roth of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
“Due to location and distance of the detectives, they were not in a position to physically intervene at the time of the suspects’ sudden and brutal robbery of the victim,” Roth said.
The suspects drove to the 22 Freeway and eventually tossed the purse while leading authorities on a multi-county pursuit, officials said.. They were eventually taken into custody near the 105 Freeway and Century Boulevard in South Los Angeles.
Police said the suspects were suspected in at least a half dozen robberies in Orange and Los Angeles counties.